Monthly Archives: December 2010

Obama Urges Americans to Close the Empathy Deficit

Thank you to Edwin Rutsch who left a comment on this blog about his Culture of Empathy.org website and documentary project. His website contains a historical record of President Obama’s interviews and speeches about the importance of empathy. 2004-11-23 – … Continue reading

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The Most Productive Lame-Duck Session since 1960s

Senate Republicans break with their Minority Leader and Vote to Ratify the New START Treaty President Barack Obama said on Dec. 22, 2010: “This has been a Season of Progress for the American People.” Presidential Press Conference on a Historic … Continue reading

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Linguist George Lakoff encourages Democrats to Convey their Moral Message

Linguist George Lakoff encourages Democrats and Progressives to reframe more clearly their moral message to the American people. Is America having a greed crisis? Is that why so many people are unemployed? Is privatization really government for profit? Are tax breaks for the top 1-2% of Americans really public theft? Can Americans remember that empathy is the basis of true democracy and that we need to take social as well as personal responsibility? Continue reading

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Common Ground in the Senate before Christmas to Pass the START Treaty

The New START Treaty is another step on the path to sanity by reducing nuclear arsenals within the U.S. and Russia. It’s time for U.S. Senators to come together for the sake of all Americans to create a safer world by passing the New START Treaty in 2010. Continue reading

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Eye-popping revelations that Federal Reserve bailed out Wall Street with Multi-Trillion Dollars

How is it possible that the Federal Reserve Board could loan Trillions upon Trillions of dollars to banks and corporations at near 0% interest without requiring those institutions to treat their own clients seeking loans or credit fairly? On December 1, 2010 the Federal Reserve Bank was required to reveal transactions data regarding their secret loan deals that appear to be between 3.3 Trillion and 9 Trillion Dollars or possibly more. Continue reading

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Tax Cuts for 1-2% will Certainly Create Huge Deficit

Why do Republicans insist that Tax Cuts for the Top 1-2% Earners in the U.S. will create jobs? This is a myth. Tax Cuts for TOP 1-2% and Certainty Myth of Jobs The Bush tax cuts have been in place … Continue reading

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Obama Compromise with Republicans a Decision to Benefit All Americans

President Obama explained in his press conference today that he made a decision to work with Republicans in a compromise in order to help all Americans. He refused to allow the Republicans to hold the American people hostage for unemployment … Continue reading

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Time to Pass the New START Treaty in December 2010

According to former Republican arms control negotiator Richard Burt, Republicans may be stalling on passage of the New START because they have never passed an arms control treaty under a Democratic Congress and/or a Democratic President. It has nothing to do with the merits of the Treaty and it’s all about partisan politics. Burt and 5 former Republican Secretaries of State urge passage of the New START Treaty for the sake of improved national security. Continue reading

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Nancy Pelosi Stands Up for All Americans in NYT Magazine Interview

Nancy Pelosi is a role model for all women. She was recently interviewed by Deborah Soloman of the NYT Magazine. Excerpts from the NYT Magazine Article: O.K., but you could admit to having deep emotions about your setback in the … Continue reading

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Nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Claims Extending Unemployment Insurance is Better for the Economy than Extending Tax Cuts for Top 1%

The Nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) crunched the numbers and proved that the Number 1 Option for Creating Jobs and Stimulating the U.S. Economy immediately is extending unemployment insurance which will put money directly into the economy faster than any other method at this time. So why are Republicans stalling on approving unemployment benefits extension at this crucial holiday season which would aid 98% of Americans? Continue reading

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